loft

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noun

1
: an upper room or floor : attic
2
a
: a gallery in a church or hall
b
: one of the upper floors of a warehouse or business building especially when not partitioned
living in a converted loft
c
3
a
: the backward slant of the face of a golf-club head
b
: the act of lofting
4
: the thickness of a fabric or insulating material (such as goose down)
loftlike adjective

loft

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verb

lofted; lofting; lofts

transitive verb

1
: to place, house, or store in a loft
2
: to propel through the air or into space
lofted a long hit to center
instruments lofted by a powerful rocket
3
: to lay out a full-sized working drawing of the lines and contours of (such as a ship's hull)

intransitive verb

1
: to propel a ball high into the air
2
: to rise high

Examples of loft in a Sentence

Noun The kids' bedroom has a loft. He rents a converted loft. Verb He lofted a home run into the stands. The explosion lofted dust high into the air.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Soft lofts are generally more energy efficient than hard lofts counterparts due to their newer construction and materials. Cori Sears, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Apr. 2024 That is the address of a loft building, but the document doesn’t say what Morris was employed doing there. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2024 After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, these works took on a darker resonance, and Mr. Moskowitz, whose TriBeCa loft was only a few blocks from the towers, regretfully moved on to other motifs. Will Heinrich, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Slated to reach completion in 2027, homes in the 88-unit tower will range between one- and three-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom lofts, penthouses, and sky villas. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 20 Mar. 2024 An open staircase goes up to a loft and a roof deck. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 8 Feb. 2024 The space is gorgeous — find a back corner to settle into, go all the way up to its loft area, or sit outside on the patio when the weather is right. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 4 Feb. 2024 Seven years on, Joo has orchestrated lofts and brownstones on the East Coast and is undertaking her first international commission, a retail project in Paris, this summer. Rachel Gallaher, Robb Report, 23 Mar. 2024 The setting was a private loft in New York’s Flatiron district, where an audience of 40 gathered to watch. Jon Robin Baitz, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2024
Verb
Thomas spun his way through the lane and lofted a floater that tied it with 0.5 seconds left, and the Aztecs were headed to their second straight overtime game. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Mar. 2024 Instead, Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos's space company, lofted 33 payloads from NASA, research institutions, and commercial companies. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 19 Dec. 2023 After Cleveland’s Jim Brown, the Rookie of the Year, ran for a touchdown to keep the game within reach, the Lions faked a field goal and Rote lofted a touchdown pass to a wide-open receiver. Bill Morris, Detroit Free Press, 28 Jan. 2024 Each Falcon 9 mission will loft up to 18 Lightspeed satellites on a single launch, Ars reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 15 Sep. 2023 All of that adds uncertainty to the future of fly fishing for Montana, where catching trout with artificial insects gently lofted onto the surface of cold flowing water is not just a pastime but part of the state’s identity. Jim Robbins, New York Times, 12 Sep. 2023 Ole Miss run the boards to build lead With 11:27 to go in the first half with a three-point lead, Allen Flanigan lofted a corner 3, missed it short, darted forward and grabbed his own board without much of an MU challenge. Calum McAndrew, Kansas City Star, 3 Mar. 2024 Coleman backed down Trammell and easily lofted a short shot over him given the 9-inch, 40-pound disparity. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Feb. 2024 Video posted to social media showed a huge fireball and what appeared to be the roof and other debris lofted into the air during the blast. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 5 Dec. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old English, air, sky, from Old Norse lopt; akin to Old High German luft air

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1518, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of loft was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Loft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loft. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

loft

1 of 2 noun
1
: an upper room or floor : attic
2
a
: a gallery in a church or hall
organ loft
b
: an upper floor of a warehouse or business building when not partitioned
c
3
: the backward slant of the face of a golf-club head

loft

2 of 2 verb
1
: to place, house, or store in a loft
2
: to strike or throw a ball so that it rises high in the air
lofted a high fly to center field

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